Do To Others

Thursday, September 26, 2019
Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "Tell Me The Story Of Jesus"1 (Lyrics)

Matthew 7:12 – Do to others what you want them to do to you. This is the meaning of the law of Moses and the teaching of the prophets. (NCV)

When I was a kid, my friends didn't want to play what I wanted to play, so my response was often less than Christian. I'd go whining home to Mom, who dried my tears and fed me cookies or brownies, washed down with a glass of cold milk. Then, while I munched, we'd talk. Mom believed in the golden rule. She'd repeat, for umpteenth time, "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you." Then, she'd say, "Dear, you get what you give."

Huh? I wasn't giving anything, and I was getting hurt.

She explained herself. She said that the way that we treat others determines how we will be treated. Other people will treat us in the same way that we treat them. Then, she asked, "Have you been treating the other kids the way you want them to treat you?"

Head hanging, I'd say, "No."

Then, she'd say, "Why don't you try it?"

I'm pretty sure that this kid was too self-centered to learn this lesson right away.

Why is it that we expect others to treat us like royalty when we treat them like peons? It seems that even some world leaders haven't learned that lesson. Yet, if we would do unto others as we would have them do unto us, life would be much more pleasant. There might even be world peace!

Prayer: Father God, we confess our self-centeredness. We pray that You would wash us with Jesus' blood and enable us to treat others as He did. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

Forward this devotional     Share this devotional on Facebook     Like PresbyCan on Facebook

About the author:

Cassandra Wessel <>
Tionesta, Pennsylvania, USA

Send your feedback to the author

1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    How true, Cass.

    Thanks for a good word today Cass.

    Thank you, Cassandra for this important word.

    AMEN and Amen!

    Not many of us learn things the first time. Thanks for the good reminder of this old story.

    Hello Cassandra,
    Thank you for writing. Great advice to follow! Our lives and the state of the world around us would be much more pleasant if we all heeded those words of our Lord in the scriptures.
    Bless you for your thoughtful writings.

    Thanks Cassandra. Really appreciated “Do Unto others.” it’s very hard to remember in this world of self-gratification and all about “me-ism”, that if you treat others as Christ would want you to, you often get 10-fold back.
    I watched a couple in a restaurant the other day sitting across from each other, staring at their phones. I wondered how better their relationship would be if they took the time to actually talk to each other.

    Dear Cassandra,
    Thank you for the “Do to Others” lesson. I pray that not only children but also adults will remember this one, for Jesus ‘ sake. Amen.
    Keep writing.

    Hi Cassandra,
    In a world where society is encouraging people to be more and more self-centered, your message provides us with an important reminder to keep our eyes on Jesus and treat others as He treats us.
    Thanks for sharing this message!

    Good morning Cassandra,
    Good devotional.
    Thank you for these good words.

    Dear Cass,
    How blessed my morning is to be reminded of the “Golden Rule.” Thank you for sharing.


PresbyCan is a community of faithful, Holy Spirit-filled, Christ-centred, God-honouring Christians.